July 11: One rivalry born as another dies; Lyons joins 300 club

On this day, the first-ever NSW v Queensland clash, the last-ever Fibros v Silvertails meeting and Cory Paterson's unique slice of history.


More than seven decades before the birth of Origin, the first ever rugby league meeting between New South Wales and Queensland takes place at the Agricultural Ground. A near-Test strength NSW coasts to a 43-0 win as referee Fred Henlen loses track of time and lets the first half run for 53 minutes.

Cowboys winger Graham Appo in 2000.
Cowboys winger Graham Appo in 2000. ©NRL Photos


Adelaide Rams record-holder Graham Appo is born on the Gold Coast. The future PNG winger played four seasons for the Raiders before moving to the Rams to set club records for the most tries (three), goals (eight) and points (24) in a match. He then played a season each at the Roosters and Cowboys before moving to the Super League.


Raiders, Knights, Broncos and Indigenous All Stars hooker Travis Waddell is born in Proserpine.

Raiders hooker Travis Waddell in 2012.
Raiders hooker Travis Waddell in 2012. ©NRL Photos


Future Samoa international and Maroons and Broncos playmaker Anthony Milford is born in Brisbane.


Australia beats the Rest of the World 28-8 in a high-quality game at Suncorp Stadium.


Long-time rivals Manly and Western Suburbs meet for the last time as stand-alone entities. The Sea Eagles celebrate Cliff Lyons' milestone of 300 first grade games for the club.        


North Queensland recruit Cory Paterson achieves an unusual slice of history when he scores the match-winning try against Newcastle, the club he left midway through the season after being told he was unwanted by incoming coach Wayne Bennett in 2012. Having scored for the Knights against the Cowboys in round two, Paterson becomes the first player to score a try for and against two clubs in the one season.


This article contains information from the official records of NRL historian David Middleton.